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CAR rebels claim capital as President Bozizé flees

Rebel leader Michel Djotodia has declared himself the new President of the Central African Republic after Seleka coalition rebels took control of the presidential palace this weekend. The United Nations and the African Union have condemned the coup and rejected Djotodia's claims of legitimacy. Meanwhile France, a former colonial power, has sent troops to protect some 1,200 French nationals who live in the country.

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